NH Restrictions on Homeschooling Up for Vote

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New Hampshire lawmakers are moving ahead with a bill to restrict home schooling.

A vote by the state House is now expected to happen sometime next week.

The amendment would require annual standardized testing for every home-schooled student and give the state's Department of Education new regulatory powers.

Mike Donnelly, the staff attorney for the Home School Legal Defense Association, has called this "the most anti-home school legislation ever conceived."

"It would require both a portfolio evaluation and standardized testing every year for every student," he told One News Now. "Right now you have a choice in New Hampshire among a variety of different ways that you can satisfy an annual assessment requirement."

"It would also require that scores of the standardized test be sent to the New Hampshire Department of Education, something that isn't being done now," he added. "And also, the Department of Education would be granted sweeping new regulatory powers under this law to define a variety of things."

If the bill passes in the state House, it will still need to pass the Senate.

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